This Is What To Eat Before And After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine

Going to get your vaccine or already kena cucuk? Lemme give you a clap!

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AHAHA I’M SO PROUD OF YOU! You’re doing your part to fight the pandemic and that’s great! So now let me help you with some recommended food to have before and after the COVID-19 Vaccine so you can get revitalized.

FOOD TO HAVE BEFORE COVID-19 VACCINATION

THOSE GREEN VEGGIES

GREEN VEGGIES
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Your mama was always right. Eat your veggies. You can never go wrong with it as they are full of nutrients and minerals to keep you strong and battle any irritation.

So some green veggies that you can have are spinach, broccoli and kale. You can make them into tasty dishes or simply eat them raw like a salad. In fact, there’s a saying that eating your food ‘alive’ is healthier. This is because you do not destroy the nutritional contents by cooking it. 

THOSE GREEN VEGGIES
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YELLOW POWDER AKA TURMERIC

It contains curcumin which is an active compound that boosts your immunity and proven by science to have tons and I really mean TONS of health benefits.

It also acts as an anti-stress food which helps alleviate mood swings and shields your brain from stress which is essential before the vaccination. Furthermore, it helps with digestion which will aid in weight loss (yes ladies, you read that right). So try adding them in your chicken curry or milk (will then be called the Golden Milk).

TURMERIC Golden Milk
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FRESH FRUITS

Of course. With an abundance of fibre, minerals and antioxidants, it is going to aid in boosting your immunity. 

You can try to get fruits that are easy to find in your country to ensure it is fresh. The more gaps there are between you and your food source, the more chances there are for contamination. Perhaps you can try guava, mangoes, bananas, watermelons and pineapples if you’re in Malaysia (or by the way, guava contains an insane amount of Vitamin C!)

GINGER

GINGER
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Other than helping your body to fight off illness like hypertension or lung infections , it also reduces stress (great if you have been worried about getting the vaccination). 

So you should consider adding ginger to your diet. Maybe add it when you’re cooking your favorite sambal or make a delicious dish like Ginger Chicken. 

Ginger Chicken.
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GARLIC

I’m sure you heard of this. Garlic is also incredible in boosting your immunity, decreasing inflammation and is a natural antibacterial. 

It is rich in probiotics and antioxidants and is also going to help in decreasing cholesterol. So dice some garlic, and have it with your rice. It adds tons of flavor too!

Garlic Rice
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FOOD TO HAVE AFTER COVID-19 VACCINATION

DARK CHOCOLATE

DARK CHOCOLATE
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Hahaha. You must be happy that this is on the list. Well it really is a great thing to have. Not only is dark chocolate a mood booster (something you’re definitely going to want especially if you are having slight pain after the jab), it also is an immunity booster!

Plus, it actually lowers the risk of coronary illness! So go and happily get yourself some! 

CHICKEN/VEGETABLE BROTH SOUP

CHICKEN VEGETABLE BROTH SOUP
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That phrase, “chicken soup for the soul” – really bears truth. 

The minerals in the chicken or vegetable broth is to boost your immunity and ensure a healthy gut. Plus, it’s going to give you a nice, warm and cozy feeling. Who doesn’t want that?

WATER

Staying well hydrated is very important after vaccination. This is because it is going to help prevent feelings of nausea and vomiting. 

Furthermore, it helps rule out possible side effects of vaccines. You can also ensure you are having adequate fluid intake by drinking warm tea and fresh juice. 

BONUS: THINGS YOU SHOULD AVOID 

PROCESSED FOOD

PROCESSED FOOD
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Well obviously we heard this a lot. Whether or not you had your vaccination, it is always wise to reduce or totally avoid processed foods if possible.

This is because we don’t know what exactly goes in the process of making it, so we can’t guarantee the safety or contamination that may have occurred.

ALCOHOL

ALCOHOL

It may mess up with the effects of the vaccination by suppressing your immune system and in turn reduce the amount of protection that the COVID-19 vaccine can offer.

And a last piece of advice for you – never go for a vaccination on an empty stomach

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There have been many cases where people who took vaccines on an empty stomach, resulted in feeling weak and even had anxiety. So make sure you have enough food and stay hydrated!

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